Rampur, April 14 : While campaigning in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur, Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Sunday made a below the belt ‘khaki’ comment against actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada, who is contesting the Lok Sabha poll against him on the BJP ticket.National Commission of Women chief Rekha Sharma termed Azam Khan’s remark as “disgraceful”and said will take suo moto action by sending him a notice.
“Will request #ElectionCommission to bar him from contesting elections,” she tweeted.
Khaki is identified as the colour of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the BJP.
Without mentioning Jaya Prada’s name, Azam Khan said,”I had led the person to Rampur by holding the finger. I familiarised the person with the streets of Rampur. I didn’t let anyone touch the person or even use filthy language. You made the person your representative for 10 years. But the difference between us – people of Shahbad, people of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh, people of India – is that you took 17 years to recognise the person, and I realised in just 17 days that the underwear the person wears is khaki.”
Clarifying that his remarks were not against Jaya Prada, Khan said, “I was referring to a person in Delhi who is unwell, who had said, ‘I came with 150 rifles&I would have shot Azam if I had seen him.’ Talking about him, I said, ‘it took a long time to know ppl & later it was found that he was wearing RSS shorts.”
Rampur goes to polls on April 23 along with a total of 115 constituencies across 15 states in the third phase of the elections.
Jaya Prada had earlier won the Rampur seat in 2004 and 2009. In 2010, she was expelled from SP on account of alleged anti-party activities.
BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said “This is simply disgusting and embarrassing. The level of politics cannot fall any further. This is the real face of Azam Khan and his so-called socialist party, wherein women are put down in this manner. But Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati should also comment on such disgusting comments being made against Jaya Prada.”